Mitzvah Day 2019!

Sign up for Mitzvah Day, Sunday, January 20!

New Format & Schedule:

  • 9:30 - 9:40 am, Gather in the Sanctuary
  • 9:40 - 11:25 am, Volunteer
  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm, Join us in the Sanctuary for a Pep Rally and snacks

Look through the list for a description of each project - see what each Religious School class is working on together, and choose what is of most interest to you!

Created by:   Congregation Shir Hadash
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Coin Sorting/Sesame Shul (Pre-K)

A fun, simple project for volunteers of all ages. Sort coins by denomination and roll into wrappers to give to tzedakah. Ages 3+

Shir Hadash 

(Sun, 9:40am - 11:25am)

14 of 20 slots filled
Nazgol Ashouri (2)
Fern Herman
Vicki Coffman
Jamie Taylor
Asher Taylor
Leah Brunnings (2)
Paul Family
Linda, Ron and Jack Rossen/Giglia
Marci And Claire Nemhauser (2)
Melissa Gambuto (2)

Passover Kits/Kinder, 1st & 6th Grades

Make cards, paint Seder plates and decorate matzah covers for Jewish Family Services to distribute to families in need. All ages

Shir Hadash 

(Sun, 9:40am - 11:25am)

All slots filled
Kristin Johnson (2)
Kristin and Maggie Johnson
Alisa Dunlap Dunlap (2)
Jackson Dunlap
Carol Parris
Daniel Hughes (2)
Marlo & Brett Lyons (2)
Amanda Jacobs (4)
Lisa Christman (3)
Michelle Wolf-Bloom
Aaron Wolf-Bloom
Sean Nguyen-Fell
Beth Sidlow Mann
Saki Lepler

Sandwich Making/2nd Grade

Make peanut butter & jelly sandwiches to be distributed to local shelters to help feed the hungry. Bring a loaf of bread, peanut butter, and/or jelly. Ages 5+

Shir Hadash 

(Sun, 9:40am - 11:25am)

All slots filled
Itzik Nir
Lareen and Steve Jacobs (2)
Veronica Braunstein
Jason Musicer (4)
avery kaufman (5)
Philippe Levy (2)
Marjorie Hart
Naomi Parker
Paul Family
Marlo & Brett Lyons (2)

Children's Care Packages/3rd Grade

Make care packages for homeless children to be distributed through HomeFirst, a local organization that provides shelter and services. Bring one new stuffed toy or new book for a child aged 3-10. All ages

Shir Hadash 

(Sun, 9:40am - 11:25am)

All slots filled
Kristin Johnson (2)
Max and Cami Johnson
Victoria Contreras-Wolfe (3)
Wolfe Family (Bill, Vic and Bert)
Alisa Dunlap Dunlap (2)
Mackenzie Dunlap
Debbie Pinck
Arnie Pinck
Jamie Taylor
Jaxon Taylor
Marina Fried (3)
Marina, Lauren and Sydney Fried
Jeff Margolis (2)
Levi Margolis
Traci Horwitz (2)
Traci & Kiley
Ami Sherman (3)

Humane Society Projects/4th Grade

Make cozy blankets that provide comfort and warmth to animals in the shelter. Bring old towels or blankets. All ages

Shir Hadash 

(Sun, 9:40am - 11:25am)

19 of 20 slots filled
Gabriel L
Ben Goldman (4)
Alyssa Kay (4)
Holly Cherry
Jeff Burstein (2)
Celeste Glazer (2)
Jessica Richter
Noah will likely come on his own.
Jim Stichnoth (2)
Mila & Jonathan
Samantha Sur
Samantha will likely be coming alone
Adriel Bernard

Blanket Making for JFS/5th Grade

Use simple cutting and tying techniques to make cozy fleece blankets for people in need. To be distributed through Jewish Family Services. $5 materials donation requested. Ages 6+

Shir Hadash 

(Sun, 9:40am - 11:25am)

13 of 20 slots filled
Beth Freeman-Hansen
Beth Freeman-Hansen
Amanda Hansen
Beth Freeman-Hansen
Megan Hansen
Julia Sandelman (2)
Rachel Massaro (2)
Holly Cherry
Denise Beagle
Maggie Scardigli (2)
Maggie and Lido
Howard Taub

CSH Grounds Project/7th & 8th Grades

Help keep the grounds of Shir Hadash neat and clean. Thin and prune trees, remove brush and weeds and assist with garden clean-up. Ages 12+

Shir Hadash 

(Sun, 9:40am - 11:25am)

14 of 20 slots filled
Sara Mintz (2)
Jeffrey and Todd
Rosalie Price
John Price
Joy Spodick
Ivy Chesser (4)
Kathy Jenkins (2)
Adin & Adam
Kira Weinger
Stacy Taylor (2)
Bella & Daniel Shedroff

Family Shelter Cooking/9th Grade

Bring ingredients to prep and cook a meal at Shir Hadash that will later be served to people living in interim housing in San Jose. Ages 13+

Shir Hadash 

(Sun, 9:40am - 11:25am)

All slots filled
Joe Schwartz (2)
Jason & Joe
Jackson Weinger
Andy Horwitz (4)
Horwitz Family (4) 2 Adults, 2 kids
Stacy Taylor (2)
Ally Shedroff & Stacy Taylor
Rachel Meister
Ella Levenberg
Davette Berry (2)
Davette & Malcolm
Michelle Schwartz (2)
Michelle & Blake

Donation Drive Sorting/All Grades

Now through Mitzvah Day, we will be collecting donations in the office for many local organizations. Help us sort the donated items for Humane Society, JW House Pantry, Loved Twice Baby Clothes, Shoes2Reuse, Sacred Heart Services, Alive Inside. Ages 6+

Shir Hadash 

(Sun, 9:40am - 11:25am)

14 of 20 slots filled
Elijah L
Meiko Bauchman (4)
We would like to request animal shelter supplies, or the baby clothes.
Carol Zbriger
I will bring baby clothes to sort.
Lucia Cytrynowicz (4)
Marshall & Sue Heller (2)
Cecily Uhlfelder (2)
Cecily and Kate Uhlfelder

Habitat for Humanity with New Song Members (Ages 25-36)

Meet to help with wood working and cutting out parts for the playhouse program for Habitat for Humanity. Indoor work, rain or shine.

Habitat for Humanity, 513 Valley Way, Milpitas, CA 95035 

(Sun, 8:30am - 12:00pm)

6 of 20 slots filled
Bob Steinfeld
Joan Picken
I will get there via paratransit - will we be doing lunch at the Mexican place again?
Rich Zbriger
Jodi Muirhead (3)
Jodi, Richard, Jillian; we will probably stay all day

Park Trail Cleanup

Pick up and bag trash and pull weeds from around the park and the creek trail. Bring work gloves. All ages

Vasona Park, Los Gatos 

(Sun, 10:00am - 12:00pm)

All slots filled
Kevin Pringle (2)
Andrea Westgate (2)
Elisheva Basseri (4)
Joe Behnke (4)
Matt Brunnings (2)
Lisa Morel
Jessica Morel
Brody Feigin
Ellie Ginsborg
Hershel Abelman
Maya Kochman

Services at Los Gatos Meadows

The choir will lead the Vespers (evening) Service for the residents and all will enjoy a dessert social. Bring homemade treats.

Los Gatos Meadows, 110 Wood Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95030 

(Sun, 6:00pm - 7:00pm)

14 of 20 slots filled
Shell Rubenstein
carpool please
Hazel Raskowitz
Robert Raskowitz
Kristin Gustavson
Linda Weinstein
Will drive.
Ellyn Herb
need a ride from temple
Dale Bergman (2)
Joan Picken
This is a maybe - I need to work out transport before I fully commit
Gail Frankel
Pia Chamberlain
Carol Rosenberg
ride from temple please
Jim Stichnoth
Carolyn Kerlin

Sacred Heart Services

Volunteer in the warehouse alongside members of local church groups to sort and organize donations. Ages 9+. (Volunteers under 14 to be accompanied by an adult and permission slip.)

Sacred Heart Services, 1381 S. 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95110  

(Sun, 2:00pm - 5:00pm)

34 of 35 slots filled
Denise Ginsberg Ginsberg
Sharon Hirsch (3)
Sharon, Nathan, Noah
Amy Nishide
Jason Musicer (4)
Adam Cohen (2)
Adam & Kevin Cohen
Rosalyn Schreiman (2)
Seth Covitz (2)
Ellie & Seth Covitz
Dale Bergman (2)
David Levy (2)
David, Mia
Julee Ogawa
David Spodick
Dawn Gringorten Gringorten (3)
Dawn, Emily and Rachel
Ben Stone (3)
with parents
Brooke Blecher (3)
Brooke, Ella & Maya
Zoey/Noah Master (2)
Noah and Zoey Master
Tricia And Elijah Creason-Valencia (2)

St. Luke's

Cook a meal at home, deliver to those in need in the Los Gatos community and serve it with volunteers at St. Luke's Parish in Los Gatos. All ages

St. Lukes, 20 University Ave., Los Gatos, CA 95030 

(Tue, 10:00am - 12:00pm)

2 of 20 slots filled
avery kaufman
Mariann Schwartz
May I ask about food suggestion since its from 10-12? Is a lunch item appropriate?

Hatikvah House

Interact with developmentally delayed Jewish young adults, make cookies and socialize! Bring cookie dough, frosting or sprinkles. Ages 16+

Hatikvah House, 577 N. Central Ave., Campbell, CA 95008 

(Sun, 11:00am - 1:00pm)

6 of 8 slots filled
Denise Ginsberg Ginsberg (3)
With Patti and Danni; will bring cookie decorations
Linda Weinstein
Will bring some cookie dough.
Carola Bamberger
Esther Andrews

Good Karma Bike Repair

Help with basic bike repair and maintenance on donated bikes. Ages 12+

Good Karma Bike Repair, 460 Lincoln Ave., #15, San Jose, CA 95126 

(Sun, 10:00am - 12:30pm)

5 of 10 slots filled
Arnie Pinck
Sara Mintz (3)
Todd, Jeffrey and Sara
Max Kassan

JW House Dinner

Cook and serve dinner to families staying close to their hospitalized children. Ages 10+

JW House, 3850 E. Homestead Rd., Santa Clara, CA  

(Sun, 3:00pm - 6:00pm)

All slots filled
Mia and Matt Newton (2)
We are happy to give a little back to the JW House. They are amazing for us when our daughter was in the NICU.
Beth Freeman-Hansen (2)
Daniel and Beth
Beth Freeman-Hansen
Emil Bowadt

Refugee Dinner

Cook and serve dinner with Catholic Charities. Each person will make a 12-portion serving of the meal at home and bring it to Catholic Charities. A recipe will be sent to you. Ages 16+

Catholic Charities, 2635 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA 95134 

(Tue, 6:00pm)

4 of 12 slots filled
Andrea Harris
Davida Rosenbaum
Vicki Coffman
Linda Weinstein

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